Thursday Practice Report

Tennessee headed indoors for practice on Thursday. The elements proved to be too much to handle during the afternoon work-out session. However, the rain didn't put a damper on the Vols attitude.

Phillip Fulmer has admired the way his players have focused on the upcoming game versus Miami all week long.

"This team has a very good spirit about it," Fulmer said.

Yet, it will take more than focus and spirit to pull a win out at the Orange Bowl.

"They've prepared themselves," said Fulmer. "Now it's just a matter of going and playing. We've got to take care of the football, stop the run, get off the field on defense and stay on the field on offense."

On the injury front, starting free safety Rashad Baker will not play. Defensive tackles Justin Harrell and J.T. Mapu aren't 100 percent either.

Harrell has been fighting foot and ankle problems since before the season began. Fulmer remains unsure of whether or not the red-shirt freshman will be able to give it a go on Saturday.

"I'm not sure," said Fulmer. "He turned his ankle yesterday. We'll have to see how he improves. We'll just have to have somebody else to step up."

Tony McDaniel, Greg Jones, and Matt McGlothlin would most likely see increased playing time if Harrell's snaps diminish.

Mapu is no stranger to the injury bug either. Fulmer reminisced about what the sophomore had to overcome just a year ago.

"He had a broken finger, a bad wrist and shoulder all last year," said Fulmer. "The finger had to be operated on. He's a tough guy by nature."

The Vols have an afternoon walk-through scheduled for Friday.


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